Looking for canned tuna recipes for that tuna in your pantry that you don’t know what to do with? Say goodbye to boring tuna and crackers and hello to 16 canned tuna recipes to use this pantry staple.

Canned tuna recipes

Almost everyone has a can or two of canned tuna in their pantry. It’s just so cheap and great for emergency protein. According to Seafood Health Facts,

Canned tuna is a good source of essential nutrients, such as omega-3 fatty acids, high quality protein, selenium and Vitamin D.

The problem is that we don’t use the food in our pantries enough and we go out and buy more and more food every week, ignoring what we already have in our home. As part of our pantry recipe challenge, I’m featuring this underused pantry staple and giving you some fresh ideas for canned tuna recipes. Hopefully this will inspire you in the kitchen.

  1. Classic Tuna Salad

tuna salad, one of many recipes using canned tuna

This tuna salad is a classic. Great served on bread as a sandwich, in lettuce cups, wraps, or in an avocado or tomato.

2. Easy Canned Tuna Pasta

canned tuna pasta

salt and lavender

Easy canned tuna pasta has minimal yet fresh ingredients and the perfect dish when you need to clean out your pantry.

3. Tuna Melt

Tuna melt: canned tuna recipesEating Well

Tuna melts take the tuna sandwich up a whole other level. I like mine open faced style like this topped with cheese and tomato.

4. Quick and Healthy Salad with Tuna Fish

Tuna and grilled zucchini salad with canned tuna

The Healthy Foodie

This quick and healthy salad with tuna fish looks so amazing and fresh. With grilled zucchini, tomatoes, and greens, it is perfect for a light summer meal.

5. Avocado Tuna Salad

Avocado tuna salad: canned tuna recipes

Natashas Kitchen

Avocado tuna salad is full of healthy fats and fiber with the avocados in this tasty salad. It’s a delicious spin on tuna salad.

6. Chickpea Tuna Salad

Chickpea tuna salad using canned tuna

Well Plated

Chickpea tuna salad uses two pantry staples: canned tuna and chickpeas. The tomatoes, cucumbers, feta and lemon juice dressing brighten up this salad to make it a feast for the eyes and tastebuds.

7. Creamy Tuna Pasta with Peas and Parmesan

Creamy tuna pasta: canned tuna recipes

Budget Bytes

Kids will love the sauce in this creamy tuna pasta with peas and parmesan. Who doesn’t love pasta? Plus, with canned tuna, peas, and pasta, it’s a very budget-friendly meal.

8. Mediterranean Tuna Pasta

Mediterranean tuna pasta with canned tuna

Simply Recipes

Loaded with tomatoes, olives, red onion, capers, and parsley, this Mediterranean tuna pasta is full of flavor and is another awesome pantry meal.

9. Tuna Patties

Tuna patties: canned tuna recipes

Best Recipe Box

Tuna patties take me back to my childhood. My parents used canned salmon, but they taste equally delicious with canned tuna. They come together quickly and are kid-friendly.

10. Spicy Tuna Cakes

Spicy tuna cakes: canned tuna recipes

Nom Nom Paleo

We love the sweet and spicy combination of these spicy tuna cakes. They are paleo and inexpensive to make.

11. Curried Tuna Salad

Curried tuna salad: canned tuna recipes

My Heart Beets

Kick up the classic curry tuna salad and turn it into curried tuna salad by adding curry spices, golden raisins, and cilantro. 

12. Tuna Noodle Casserole

Tuna noodle casserole: canned tuna recipes

Tastes Better from Scratch

I absolutely love a classic tuna noodle casserole. This one is made without canned cream soups, which I really appreciate.

13. Ceviche de Atun

Canned tuna ceviche: canned tuna recipes

Mexico in my Kitchen

Ceviche de atun is a Mexican dish where raw tuna is cured with citrus. This ceviche with canned tuna is a play on that traditional recipe.  While it’s not the exact same, it’s full of flavor and tasty.

14. Spicy Tuna “Sushi” Bowl

Spicy Tuna Roll Bowl: canned tuna recipes

Show me the Yummy

This spicy tuna “sushi” bowl has all the flavors of a spicy tuna roll in a budget friendly bowl form. That siracha mayo definitely takes the canned tuna up a notch.

15. Asian Tuna Salad

Asian tuna salad- canned tuna recipes

Simply Recipes

Asian tuna salad  can be served over lettuce or noodles. Lots of fresh flavors in this one.

16. Sicilian Tuna Salad

Sicilian tuna salad- canned tuna recipes


My mouth waters just looking at this Sicilian tuna salad. It looks way too tasty to be using pantry ingredients.

I hope this list gave you some fresh ideas for using canned tuna. What is your favorite canned tuna recipe? Let me know in the comments below.